>> Turkey is putting on its best face when it comes to relations with the United States, a day after the Turkish President, Tayyip Erdoğan, met with President Donald Trump at the White House. I'm Reuters correspondent, Emily Whipper, in Istanbul. Despite tensions over foreign policy, the visit is being hailed as a success.
One of the headlines here and one of the pro-government newspapers read nothing will break our relationship. The turn of the public comments following the meeting were especially positive considering Washington's decision to arm the Syrian Kurds, the YPG. Turkey considers them a terrorist group and says that there's a threat to their national security.
Erdogan stopped short of directly criticizing the US but did say his country wouldn't accept a role for the Syrian Kurdish fighters.>>
> Taking the YPG, PYD terror group as a partner, whichever the country, is definitely not in line with the agreement reached on this subject at the global level.
e divisions here in Turkey also played out in Washington. Fighting erupted among protestors critical of Erdogan's policies outside the Turkish ambassador's residence. There were multiple injuries and several people were taken to hospital. Erdogan had said that he would use that meeting with Trump to try and change his mind when it came to arming the Syrian Kurds, the YPG.
He also wanted to repeat Turkey's calls to extradite the US cleric Fethullah Gulen. Erdogan blames his supporters for being behind the attempted coup. We did hear in a statement from Erdogan’s spokesperson that the two leaders discussed possible steps against the Gulen network. It's not clear if there was any movement on either of these issues.
>> Thank you all very much.